World Affairs Since 1939

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A. The USA and Canada


(a) The Constitution

(b) The achievement of the presidents from F.D. Roosevelt.

(c) Race and minority problems

(d) Population structure

(e) Internal economic policy

(f) America and world politics

(g) Defense problems


(a) The economic and political background

(b) Canada and the Commonwealth

(c) The emergence of Canada as a major power in world politics.

B. The USSR (Commonwealth of Independent States)

(a) Marxism-Leninism

(b) The Soviet system of government

(c) Population structure

(d) Economic planning and achievement

(e) Soviet leadership

(f) The role of trade unions

(g) The record of Soviet foreign policy and its problems

(h) The role of the United Nations Organization in Soviet policy.

(i) Defense problems

(j) Nationalities and their cultures.

C. Africa and the Middle East


(a) The transfer of power since 1945 and its problems.

(b) Pan-Africanism and its meaning.

(c) The new groupings of African states and the links with Asia.

(d) Economic and social problems of newly emerging African states.

(e) The pattern of government in African states.

(f) Problems of plural societies.

(g) The Republic of South Africa and its race problems.

(h) Africa and Europe.

The Middle East

(a) The political and economic problems of Turkey.

(b) Arab nationalism and the relations between the Arab states

(c) The oil industry and its role in the region.

(d) The United Arab Republic

(e) Islam and the modern state pattern.

(f) Western policy in the region.

(g) Sources of political and economic instability in the region.

(h) The Palestine problem

(i) Soviet policy in the region.

(j) Commonwealth interests in the region.

D. Southern Asia and the Far East

(a) The political decision of World War II in this region.

(b) The Kuomintang and the Communists in China.

(c) The economic, social and political record of Communist China since 1949 and its problems of foreign policy.

(d) The Korean problem.

(e) The background to the Indo-China situation.

(f) The political, social and economic background of developments in the following: India and Pakistan; Malaysia and Indonesia; Japan.

(g) The Colombo Plan

(h) Western policy in the region.

E. Europe (Excluding the USSR)

(a) Political aspects of World War II in Europe.

(b) The main decisions of the major conferences.

(c) The Iron Curtain and Soviet policy in Eastern Europe.

(d) The problems of Germany under occupation.

(e) The recovery of Western Europe.

(f) Social and economic trends in the main Western European states.

(g) The new pattern of defense arrangements

(h) The emergence of Super-nationalism

(i) Britain's policy in Europe.

(j) The Council of Europe.

(k) Economic mechanisms designed to promote closer co-ordination and co-operation.

(l) Western Europe and the Atlantic Community Concept

(m) French policy in Europe.

F. General